Festive Quails | Serves 4

Festive Quails | Serves 4

Dressed quail is a true Italian delicacy. Try this recipe at home for an authentic Italian-style Christmas.  



pancetta slices 

300ml of chicken stock 

6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 

200ml of sweet white wine 

120g of dried cranberries 

40 red grapes 


pancetta slices 

3 tbsp of olive oil 

1 garlic clove 

150g of mushrooms, sliced 

1 lemon zest, grated 

125g of onion, chopped 

8 sprigs of fresh thyme 

100g of long grain rice 

200ml of chicken stock 

100g of butter 

250g of chicken livers, cleaned 

To make the stuffing, cut 6 slices of pancetta into small pieces. In a pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil. Add the pancetta and fry to a light colour. Add the garlic, mushrooms, onions, lemon zest and thyme 

Cook well, stirring occasionally, then add the rice. Mix well and add the 200ml of chicken stock and 50g of butter. Cover with a lid or a foil. Lower the heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes 

Take off the heat and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes. Pour the rice onto a tray and cool down quickly 

Clean the pan then heat the remaining butter. When it foams, cook the cleaned livers for 2 minutes only, then tip onto a chopping board and chop quite finely. Add to the cooling rice 

Heat the oven to 200°C 

When the rice is at room temperature, fill the quails with the stuffing and close each opening with 2 cocktail sticks. Wrap 2 slices of pancetta around each bird 

Place the birds on a roasting tin and pour 6 tablespoons of olive oil over the top. Cook for 10 minutes then add the white wine to the tin and leave to cook for another 15 minutes 

Add the 300ml of stock to the roasting tray with the cranberries and the grapes. Simmer gently until the jus is a light consistency 

To plate, place the quails on a large serving plate. Spoon the juices and fruit over and serve immediately 

Did you have fun making this festive Italian recipe? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. Even better – share your pics on social media and tag us @bole.foods Ciao bella 

Recipe cred: https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/christmas-quail-recipe 

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